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March 2, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
The 76ers and the construction firm Intech will hold a job fair for residents of Camden and the surrounding region on March 17, looking for people who can help build the team's new waterfront training facility. The fair, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Waterfront Technology Center, will be attended by contractors seeking carpenters, roofers, glaziers, masons, plumbers, painters, tile setters, and more. The fair is open to those with no experience or technical education, as well as current members of building trades industries.
NEWS
February 19, 2016
ISSUE | CONSTRUCTION Labor peace? The article "It's labor peace this time for Post Bros. " (Feb. 2) concerned those who believe in the merit construction philosophy. This philosophy encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation. It also opposes acts of coercion, violence, and intimidation. Michael Pestronk, the chief executive officer of Post Bros., stated, "As we saw on [the] Goldtex [construction]
BUSINESS
February 19, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's largest private employer, spent $900 million on construction projects in the five years ended June 30. An additional $248 million in construction is underway. Employment at the university, which includes the massive University of Pennsylvania Health System, climbed to 37,000 from 31,000 five years ago. Compensation, including salaries, wages, and benefits, totaled $3.89 billion in fiscal 2015, up from $2.98 billion in 2010. Those and other aspects of the tax-exempt organization's operations add up to an annual economic impact of $14.3 billion in Pennsylvania, according to a report released Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016
'CONSTRUCTING PLAY: CLASSIC BUILDING TOYS' The long: Each winter, the Center for Architecture exhibits 50-plus antique, vintage and modern toy building sets. This go-round, the center gallery is closed for renovation, so the smallish show goes on in City Hall. The short: Lotsa little LEGOS, and friends. The demo: Budding builders old enough to resist touching the displays. The oldie: Friedrich Froebel's 175-year-old wooden building blocks, considered the first of their kind, inspired Frank Lincoln Wright the kid to become Frank Lloyd Wright, architect.
NEWS
January 16, 2016
A construction worker died Thursday night after falling into the Delaware River in South Philadelphia, police said. Police were called about 8:40 p.m. to Pier 78, where the man had been working and then disappeared, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man's hard hat was seen floating in the river, and his car was still parked nearby. The police Marine Unit retrieved the man around 9:30 p.m. and he was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. How the man, whose age was not available, fell into the river was under investigation.
REAL_ESTATE
November 22, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
In the early 2000s, some in the residential-construction industry predicted that, in the not-too-distant future, the United States would reach its new-home saturation point. The result would be a corresponding growth in the remodeling industry because the houses that had been built in the 1980s and 1990s would require major updating. Although some builders added remodeling components to their businesses, the bursting of the housing bubble and the eight-year real estate downturn that followed brought residential construction to a crawl.
NEWS
October 14, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN YOU'VE lived in the same neighborhood for more than 50 years, you're bound to have had a strong impact. John G. Skelton was something of a legend in the neighborhood around 29th Street and Lehigh Avenue, North Philadelphia, a familiar presence on the streets where he was always ready with a friendly greeting and big hello. John saw a couple of generations grow up there. He saw people come and go, while he stayed put. He saw inevitable changes, but basically the community remained the same close-knit home to dedicated, hardworking people.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas F. Greany, 93, formerly of Wynnewood, a construction company executive here and in the Middle East, died Friday, July 31, at the home of a daughter in St. Louis. Mr. Greany graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He accepted a commission in the Navy at age 19 and went on to serve during World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Greany was trained to pilot airships, or dirigibles, which were being used to watch for enemy submarines.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
One in an occasional series Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn't get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. "I thought about going back to school," said Martin, of Glenolden, taking a break from work at the University of Pennsylvania's newest dormitory, the New College House at Hill Field. Up on the scaffolding, Rocco D'Angelico, 59, said he managed to keep working as a bricklayer during the recession, but now he's looking toward retirement because of "all the aches and pains in my bones.
SPORTS
July 31, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WOULD BE so great to know what Chip Kelly was really thinking on Jan. 17, 2013, the day he was introduced as the 21st coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Did Kelly know then that to fully implement his vision, he would need a different type of running back than LeSean McCoy, a different type of quarterback than Nick Foles or Michael Vick, a different type of receiver than DeSean Jackson, and a totally revised secondary? Did he envision that the nexus of contract, age and salary cap issues would mean he would shed Trent Cole, Jeremy Maclin, Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, among others, by the time he opened his third training camp, for which workouts begin on Sunday?
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